The [U.S.] Air Force has not approved any requests from active-duty airmen and Space Force guardians who requested an exemption from mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations on religious grounds, according to new statistics released by the service on Wednesday. The service is currently reviewing 4,933 religious exemption requests.
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The stats show that 95.9% of the active-duty force has been fully vaccinated, while an additional 1% has been partially vaccinated. The COVID-19 vaccine became mandatory for all service members on Aug. 24, and top Air and Space Forces officials declared the vaccination efforts a success.
Task & Purpose, Nov. 3, 2021.
(Update) See posting on CAAFlog of interest.
More than 92% of active-duty troops have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine as service deadlines for getting the jab approach.
But roughly 103,000 service members haven't even gotten their first shot despite deadlines for being fully immunized. That includes roughly 48,600 Army soldiers, 7,000 Navy sailors, 15,500 Air Force airmen and Space Force Guardians, and 26,800 Marines, according to statistics released by the services.
Patricia Kime, 92% of Active-Duty Troops Have Been Vaccinated as Mandatory Deadlines Near. Military.com, Oct. 7, 2021.
The Air Force has separated quite a few from basic training and the other Services are considering various options from administrative separation to court-martial.
The Department of Defense (DoD) administers 17 different vaccines, as outlined in the Joint Instruction on Immunizations and Chemoprophylaxis (Secretaries of the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Transportation, 1995), for the prevention of infectious diseases among military personnel, where appropriate. The vaccines are administered to military personnel on the basis of military occupation, the location of the deployment, and mission requirements.
Lemon SM, Thaul S, Fisseha S, et al., (ed), Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on a Strategy for Minimizing the Impact of Naturally Occurring Infectious Diseases of Military Importance: Vaccine Issues in the U.S. Military. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2002.